Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

The GOP, an Incoherent Mess

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

The GOP, an Incoherent Mess

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"If he was for it, we had to be against it."

- Former U.S. Sen. George Voinovich quoted in "The New New Deal by Michael Grunwald The "he" is President Obama. The "we" is the Republican Party. And it is not coincidental that as the former pushes toward the end of his second term, the latter is coming apart.

The GOP is an incoherent mess. Republican-on-Republican rhetorical violence has become commonplace. Party members find themselves mulling whether to break away and form a third party or unite behind a coarse, blustering bigot whose scapegoating and strongman rhetoric has Holocaust survivors comparing him to Hitler.

The situation is so objectively and transparently grim that many on the right no longer even bother to spin it. "I'm a lifelong Republican, tweeted historian Max Boot last week, "but [the] Trump surge proves that every bad thing Democrats have ever said about GOP is basically true.

"It would be terrible, wrote Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens last week, "to think that the left was right about the right all these years.

But it can be argued that Trump is less the cause than an inevitable effect of the party's looming disintegration. It can be argued that what's really destroying the Republican Party is the Republican Party.

The popular storyline goes that voters are seeking political outsiders this year in their frustration over a government where the legislative gears are frozen and nothing gets done. What that storyline forgets is that this gridlock was by design, that GOP leaders held a meeting on the very evening of the president's first inauguration and explicitly decided upon a policy of non- cooperation to deny him anything approaching a bipartisan triumph.

The party followed this tactic with such lockstep discipline and cynical disregard for the national welfare that in 2010, seven Republican co-sponsors of a resolution to create a deficit reduction task force voted against their own bill because Obama came out for it. …

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